I Never Use Just One Mascara

I love mascara. It’s the one make-up item I can’t live without and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried almost every one out there. I don’t really have a favorite. Now, you’re wondering “Then why am I reading this?” Ha! I often have people ask me what mascara I use so I thought I’d share. I really never use just one. Right now I’m using the two pictured below. I think that, for me, the wand is more the key than the brand. I usually use a Bobbi Brown, but, in a pinch, I grabbed these drug store brands recently and the combo of the anti clump first, “lots of lashes” second has been a great combo. I also like to layer. I do a first coat from the bottom up and then, after that dries a little, coat the top of the lashes, too. This really gives them some length and helps the mascara last all day. What mascara tips or brands can you share? I love to try new things!


Can’t Miss at Madewell

I can’t tell you how many times I walked past Madewell in Lenox Mall and never thought about going in. I shop surgically. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually have little time and I know my favorite places so I usually hit my top shops – Anthropologie, Nordstrom, etc and there’s not a lot of browsing around. When Madewell opened a location closer to me, I got interested and popped in. Now, it’s become a go-to shop for casual dresses. For example, this great short sleeve denim pullover. Loved wearing this over the weekend. It’s a great transition-to-Fall dress because you can add layers of boots as the weather changes. It’s a great color and the fit is perfection. It’s got pleats in just the right places to make it flattering AND comfortable – a balance that I love.

So… With all that being said, I don’t think this exact dress is still available. But, never fear because I’ve also learned this: There is ALWAYS more than one great denim dress at Madewell!

As a matter of fact, I’ve linked to 20 below. ย Scroll down and shop the list I’ve put together. ย Fun!

 

What do you Wear to a Rock Slide? Not this!

Well…not what I wore! We started the day getting decorating ideas from the Cashiers Showhouse (last weekend coming up!) so I was more dressed for that. While in Cashiers we decided grab some NC BBQ and hit a “swimming hole” complete with a natural water slide. We got there later in the day, after asking twice for directions, and I never did change into my bathing suit. I was too busy taking pictures and yelling safety rules. Ha! It was so fun and I could barely drag the kids away. There were enough people there to make it fun and festive, but not so many to make it crowded. Everyone was giving advice on where to slide. One dad even did a run so my kids could see his exact best route down the rock. Grant found a slide into a hole in the waterfall. Yes, he disappeared into a waterfall, under water in the middle of a rock. We’d seen a few people doing this so I was reasonably sure he’d pop back up, but I didn’t breathe until he did. I could just see us making the news in a tragic story that left people saying “Well, what mother lets her child disappear into a hole of rushing water in the middle of a mountain?!”. Anyway, thank you God for that cool experience and a happy ending. Here is a link to the rock slide, but plan to ask for directions when you get close. Google Maps led us down the wrong path. And, I do mean “path”. Our car barely fit. 

(Here is a link to a bigger slide. We did not visit this one, but plan to maybe next year. Didn’t think this one sounded too kid or over-protective mom friendly.)

Now, what NOT to wear: CP Shades Linen Dress | Kendra Scott Necklace & Ring | Snakeskin Sandals (these probably fit in)

Carried Away, but Smell Great

I can admit it… I am totally obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soaps and Room Fresheners. ย I love my house, but since it holds two kids, a very large, old, shedding Lab and I’m always cooking with garlic I’m afraid that I could be “noseblind”. ย Not to mention, my old outdoor cat who seems to have stopped supplementing his diet with regular hunts, has recently been enjoying a diet of canned cat food which really STINKS even though I put the cans in plastic bags in the outside trash. ย He’s happy in his old age, but WOW… the smell… ย I’ve even asked some visitors lately if my house smells bad and begged them to be honest. I think they were, but I’m not taking any chances. ย And, what a good excuse to try all the Mrs. Meyer’s Scents – and they make cute addtions to my home decor, too. ย I’m currently loving Honeysuckleย for downstairs.

{Click on the pictures below for details on scents and where to buy or order on-line using links.}

Dinner Party Wardrobe Changes

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Ok, maybe changing for every course could be a bit obnoxious, but… I’ve got the answer. ย Aprons are the answer! ย I love my Anthropologie apron. ย It’s actually very useful to keep my clothes from getting stained during meal prep AND it’s so cute, it’s like an outfit by itself. ย So, grab an apron and you can actually wear a second outfit for dinner parties. ย Hee Hee! ย OK, still obnoxious, but at least, justifiable. ย Click on any picture below to shop the apron.

Shop the Summer Looks

Summer looks are all updated! Click HERE to shop all these fun summer looks while it’s still HOT, HOT, HOT. Car reading 97 degrees right now!ย 

Favorite Summer Mani/Pedi Colors

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I have two go-to summer colors for manis and pedis. I had forgotten about them until I was getting ready for the beach. Here they are: Manicures – Topless & Barefootย and Pedicures – Private Weekend. ย Both look great with all your Summer OOTDs and with a tan. Happy Summer!

Trucker Hats & Ray-Bans

I seem to be developing a habit… ย I’m loving trucker hats with aviators this summer. ย Great way to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes and there are so many great options right now. ย My hats are Judith March (with the exception of my Cowgirl Kitchen one) and there are so many other fun ones out there, too. ย I’ve linked to a bunch below. ย Cover your summer!

Thank You for Running Skirts

I am a HUGE fan of whoever invented running skirts! ย I love how they can take me from the tennis court to a run and are quite a bit more flattering than running shorts. ย Count me grateful! ย Mine pictured is Lululemon from a few years ago (they really last!), but they have some current great choices I’ve linked to below.

Candy Stripes

I just could not live without this print once I knew it existed. ย It reminded me of a beach umbrella and took me to a very happy place. ย Not to mention it goes nicely with my Shirtdress & Espadrilles program I got going this summer. ย Shop it HERE and other great items in this print below – even for little girls. ย Simply irresistible!